Braves make a state­ment

Bendigo far too good for young Wan­garatta team in lop­sided CBL en­counter

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - By CAM POT­TER

BENDIGO Braves stamped them­selves as front run­ners to take out the North East con­fer­ence crown on Sun­day with a 95-46 vic­tory over Wan­garatta.

The Braves made 16 more free throws, three more two point shots and nine more

three point shots in the 49-point vic­tory.

The dam­age was done in the first quar­ter with the trav­el­ling Braves side torch­ing Wan­garatta War­riors 25 points to eight through the first 10 min­utes of play.

The War­riors seem­ingly had no an­swers to the likes of Danielle O’Toole (30 points) who hit back-to-back three

point­ers to open the game’s scor­ing.

A bet­ter per­for­mance on the of­fen­sive end from the War­riors in the sec­ond quar­ter was wel­comed, but still Bendigo pushed ahead with a 27-14 quar­ter and took a 30-point, 52-22, lead into half time.

Bendigo stepped up on de­fence, keep­ing Wanga-

ratta to just eight points again and scor­ing an­other 26 points in a pol­ished of­fen­sive dis­play.

The home side gave it their all in the fi­nal term, hold­ing the Braves to 17 points and scor­ing 16 them­selves in the War­riors’ best quar­ter of the game, but it was too lit­tle too late with the Braves’ first three quar-

ters prov­ing that they are a class above.

O’Toole’s 30 points came off the back of five three point­ers, five made free throws and five two-point shots in a bril­liant scor­ing out­put.

For the War­riors, Alaana Northey led the scor­ing with 10 points, while Chloe Storer (eight points) and Ge­or­gia

Clark (seven points) also contributed.

It was a pos­i­tive week­end for the War­riors with So­phie Morey, Mor­gan Byrne and So­raya Richard­son all suit­ing up for the War­riors’ CBL side for the first time.

The Lady War­riors’ next game will be against Echuca Pi­rates on Novem­ber 18 in Echuca.

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